Monday, June 25, 2007

Reading... Changes...

I read this while i was changing my clothes. We were in my bowling coach's old home in Balayan, Batangas. They invited us over for the Parade of the Lechon as well as the water throwing thing. :) anyway, i didn't enjoy the parade much, but i indeed took part in the water throwing activity. :) i have to admit, i had fun. :) even if i still have cold, i still took part. :) it just felt fun to do so and got wet just like all the others. :) hehe :) and yes, because i didn't expect it, i am somewhat sunburned at my face, arms, and weirdly, at the left side of the left shoulder area, just in-between the shoulder and the neck area. i think that got "burned" worst. :) hehe :) so, am just putting lotion over it - that area still feels warm when i touch it.

anyway, so the festival's over and i was really tired and sleepy after the fun. :) the others out there were still drinking and partying all they want. but me, i was tired and just wanted to change, get going, take a bath once i am home (just thought that we were already going soon so wanted to get myself ready and not have others wait for me... and anyway, i enjoyed taking a bath at home than there since i am sure i have all my amenities at hand), and sleep. :) the daughter of our coach pointed out that that was used for declamations. well, i was keeping watch while my cousin changed into another set of dry clothing (she already took a bath, had on a fresh change of clothes, but was then thrown lots of water again). i was keeping watch at the door (no lock), and all i did was read. :) but the thing is, it meant something, and i can relate. :) so here it is, just off the web. :) hehe :)

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.